Tips for exercising pets during the winter months

by | General Pet Care |

While maintaining your dog’s exercise requirements during the winter is important, when conditions are especially cold, it’s a good idea to cut your walk short and supplement your pet’s exercise with some indoor activities for dogs.

Here are some helpful tips for enjoying outdoor exercise with your pets!

Exercising your pet
photo credit: aivas14 Running through the cold snow via photopin (license)

Remember: You shouldn’t wait to see the first signs of discomfort before calling your walk quits. If you think it’s too cold for you, then it’s too cold for your dog.

  • If it’s suitable weather to walk your dog, consider dressing your short-coated dog or puppy into a dog sweater or coat as an extra layer of warmth.
  • When bathing your pets during winter months, ensure they are completely dry before taking them out for a walk.
  • After walks, use a damp towel to wipe your pet’s paws and underside. Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice on roads and sidewalks can irritate and burn your pet’s sensitive paws – and can cause injury if ingested.
  • You can remove ice balls by placing your pet’s feet in warm (not hot) water before drying them off with a towel. Consider using “booties” to protect your pet’s paws.
  • Don’t let your dog off leash on ice or snow, especially during a snowstorm, as dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost.